PARIS Feb 21 OECD Chief Economist Pier Carlo
Padoan will be appointed Italy's next finance minister, a source
at the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
Development said on Friday.
"He's got it, he'll be the finance minister," the OECD
source told Reuters, adding that an official announcement was
expected at 1500 GMT.
As head of the OECD's economics department, Padoan has
called for aggressive easing from the European Central Bank and
was an early critic of tough budget cutbacks in the euro zone's
weakest economies as they struggled with excessive debt.